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JA: Patients have the right to make informed decisions about their healthcare. Informed consent, and the process of balancing risks and benefits of treatment, is a fundamental ethical principle. This principle is no less relevant for a patient with terminal illness, for whom an awareness of the incurable and life limiting nature of their underlying condition is essential to decision making.
NEIN: Patients do not need to be told that they are terminally ill. However, this does not mean we should pretend we can cure them of incurable illnesses or that we should withhold prognostic information from those who want it. But insisting on prognostic disclosure to facilitate “patient choice” about end of life care is a failed model for medical decision making that creates more suffering than it relieves.
Emily Collis,, Katherine E Sleeman. Do patients need to know they are terminally ill? Yes BMJ 2013;346:f2589
Leslie Blackhall Do patients need to know they are terminally ill? No BMJ 2013;346:f2560